Dear Teachers and Parents:
Use a reward system to entice your students to speak Spanish. For example, when my own children were toddlers, I would model for them how to ask for a cookie or an apple in Spanish. They would have to ask for the food they wanted in Spanish in order to receive it. After a very short time they began asking for all of their food in Spanish. It was pretty simple. To outsiders it sounded like they were speaking a ton of Spanish but in reality they were repeating the same phrase over and over and simply plugging in new food vocabulary. My young kids “cracked the code”!
The same can be done in the classroom. In order for a child to receive crayones, stickers, treats, anything, make sure they ask for it in Spanish. Help them at first but as soon as they hear their classmates asking for items in Spanish and they hear you repeating the phrase over and over with each student, they will catch on. Below see a phrase you can teach your students so they can politely ask for things. After teaching this useful phrase, insist (with your help) that the children always ask for things in Spanish. This alone will increase the amount of Spanish spoken in your home or classroom by leaps and bounds. Children ask for things throughout the day, now they will be speaking Spanish everytime they ask for something!
¿Me das __________, por favor? (This means "Could you please give me __________?)
(Meh dahs __________, pohd fah-bohd?
Author, Teach & Learn Spanish
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What one phrase or word are you teaching in Spanish this week? Please share! Gracias, Theresa
Hey teachers and parents using Teach & Learn Spanish;
The cutest thing happened today! I began teaching the Spanish in August lesson to a group of 8 three and four year olds. I showed them the pictures of farm animals and made sure they knew the names of the animals in English which they did. Then I played Spanish in August Cd Track 12 in which we pretended to walk to a barn and open the barn door together. I pretended to open the door and they followed suit. After each farm animal was taught in Spanish, the Cd sings the Spanish word four times to a harp playing in the background. The kids loved pretending to play the harp while singing and after the short song stopped, they kept singing! It was adorable! I have a feeling that next week they are going to ask for the barn and harp song!
We also listened to and sung numbers 1-10 and 11-20 on Cd tracks 7 and 8. They LOVED singing to the high helium voice and the low monster voice. After, I gave them each a turn to say the numbers by themselves while pointing to them on the number visuals. They all wanted to take a turn and were so proud when they did!
Notice that I taught the August activities out of order. Do not feel you have to teach in order of the activities in the book. Pick and choose what you prefer and what is most relevant to your students and your childcare center or home!
Have fun teaching Spanish!
Theresa Gunderson, Author, Teach & Learn Spanish